More Asian Travellers Expected to Arrive in 2018

Industry players forecast tour packages from Asian markets to jump 25 percent in 2018 and 2019, while arrivals from European countries could dip by almost 20pc for the same period. U Khin Zaw, advisor of the Union minister of Hotels and Tourism, told The Myanmar Times on January 3 that the change in arrival pattern was […]

Myanmar Officials Bet on Casinos for Boosting Chinese Tourism

Thailand features heavily in the strategies of destinations around it in attracting Chinese tourism. Thailand is by far the most popular destination in Southeast Asia for Chinese tourists, with about 9 million Chinese tourists coming to Thailand between January and November 2017. This puts pressure on destinations like Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam to set themselves apart. One […]

FDA Refuses First Shipment Of Shrimp From Myanmar For Banned Antibiotics; Refusals For Year Lowest Since 2012

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released information regarding import refusals for December. Last month, the FDA reports that only 1 out of the 105 (0.9%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. The one shrimp entry line refused by the FDA for banned antibiotics in […]

India-Myanmar-Thailand Highway To Be Ready In 3 Years; Work Starts

The Indian government has awarded all the contracts under the India-Myanmar-Thailand highway over the last three months and the highway is likely to be ready in three years, the external affairs ministry said. “Government of India is implementing two projects as part of Trilateral Highway between India, Myanmar and Thailand. These are construction of 69 […]

Sink-or-Swim Time for ASEAN Latecomers as Tariffs Come Down

HANOI — Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam are no longer getting the kid-gloves treatment in the ASEAN Economic Community. As late entrants to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the four countries were initially exempted from abolishing some tariffs when the bloc established the AEC at the end of 2015. As of Monday, however, they […]

Modi Backs India-Myanmar-Thailand Highway’s Indochina Extension

NEW DELHI — India is pushing an ambitious highway initiative through Myanmar and Thailand to connect with Vietnam through Cambodia and Laos, which observers of Southeast Asia see as part of its efforts to counter China’s Belt and Road Intiative (BRI) project. Connectivity with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which comprises Brunei, Cambodia, […]

Garment Industry Must Raise Value Proposition to Stay Sustainable

2017 was a strong year for the garment export sector. During the seven months between April and November, some $1.5 billion worth of garment products were shipped out of Myanmar, bound for warehouses owned by the likes of Uniqlo and Primark in Japan and Europe, according to the Ministry of Commerce (MOC). The pace of […]

Toyota Should Reconsider Myanmar Growth Strategy

Japan’s Toyota should reconsider its growth strategy in Myanmar to maintain pole position in the country. Toyota vehicles are known for their quality and affordability in Myanmar. As such, the car maker has for years enjoyed the highest share of the local car market. In fact, Toyota dominates car markets across ASEAN, including in Indonesia, […]

Bumpy Ride for Tourism Seen in 2018

The tourism industry this year went beyond expectations despite the sudden outbreak of violence in the northern Rakhine State that gave the country a negative image, but the sector is expected to face a more challenging environment next year. Tourist arrivals in the first 11 months this year was 20 per cent higher compared with the […]

ESports Rule as New Café Hogs The Limelight

Amid the rapid rise of Electronic Sports (eSports) across the world, Halls of Gamers (HOG) and its affiliates are the first entrepreneurs in Myanmar to attempt to tap into the market. On December 15, HOG opened Myanmar’s first ever internationally certified iCafe and eSports centre housing state-of- the-art computers, game consoles and a dedicated space […]